An American in Paris (1951) Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Gene Kelly as Jerry Mulligan and Ann Codee as Therese (not pictured)

Jerry: Good morning, Therese.
Therese: How are you today, monsieur?
Jerry: Well, I could be better, Therese. I’m broke.
Therese: Broke?
Jerry: It means I have no money. The trouble is, when I’m broke, I don’t eat. When I don’t eat, I get tired and depressed. When that happens, the only thing will help is wine and women.
Therese: That should be very simple, monsieur. You are in Paris, no?
Jerry: Yes, but even in Paris, that takes money, which is what I don’t have in the first place.

4 Responses to “An American in Paris (1951) – Gene Kelly’s 100th Birthday”

  1. One of the greatest film musicals of all-time and an eternal delight for any post!

  2. Today is Gene Kelly day on TCM too. They’re playing his movies all day and night, including this one and Singing in the Rain.

  3. My first pick would’ve been Singin’ in the Rain, but I already MQotD’d it a few months back.

    I think I’ve said it before that Gene isn’t my favorite actor or singer, but his dancing is sublime. And the joyous grin on his face whenever he danced.

    I wish Cyd Charisse had been available as planned for American in Paris instead of Leslie Caron, but that’s just nitpicking about what could’ve been.

  4. Yeah, I’ve never been a huge fan of Leslie Caron. She’s not bad and she’s a good dancer. But Cyd Charisse was dynamite.

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